Flagstaff County is recruiting for the permanent full-time position of Agricultural Fieldman.
The Agricultural Fieldman is responsible for the overall operations of the Agricultural Service Board (ASB) and Recreational Parks departments in order to implement and manage sound agricultural programs for the public, as determined by the Agricultural Service Board (ASB) and within parameters of related federal, provincial and municipal legislation including: the Soil Conservation Act, Weed Control Act, Agricultural Pests Act and Agricultural Service Board Act.
The Agricultural Fieldman is responsible for completing the total objectives of the Flagstaff County Business and Strategic Plan in accordance with policies and bylaws established by County Council.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Some key responsibilities are as follows:
Manages the short and long-term planning, operation, delivery and evaluation of all Agricultural Service Board (ASB) and Recreational Parks programs and services within existing policies. Develops new programs and policies in consultation with and under the direction of Council, the ASB and the Chief Administrative Officer.
Is a member of the County’s senior management team and provides technical and administrative support to the organization and its stakeholders.
Prepares, monitors and is responsible for managing the department business plan within the approved budget.
Prepares agendas for the Agricultural Service Board and other ASB related committee meetings and has all required background information such as program progress and budget implications.
Shall act as a designated officer under the Agricultural Service Board Act; municipal inspector under the Weed Control Act; Pest Control Officer under the Agricultural Pests Act; and Soil Conservation Officer under the Soil Conservation Act.
Provides leadership and works with department staff to develop and retain highly competent, customer service-oriented staff through selection, compensation, training and day-to-day management practices which support the County’s vision.
Researches, prepares and administers grants or grant opportunities.
Oversees recruitment, supervision, training and performance management of department personnel and makes recommendations to the Chief Administrative Officer.
Maintains membership in good standing with the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen.
A minimum of a post-secondary diploma in agricultural/environmental related discipline.
A minimum of five (5) years of related experience in an agricultural services management role; with a strong working knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision to enable him/her to perform his/her duties completely and effectively.
Thorough knowledge of agricultural practices with a strong understanding of the principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and the maintenance of public records, organization and local government as well as the functions of an appointed committee.
Ability to develop clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials, with excellent communication skills.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other governmental and regulatory officials, management teams and staff, contractors and others encountered in the course of work.